The Central College men’s track and field team holds a 19-point lead after the second day of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in Indianola.
The Dutch women are in second place with 56.75 points, 10.25 out of first.
Courtesy Dutch Athletics
“Today was maybe the best first day that these two teams have had at the conference meet,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I couldn’t be more proud of their competitiveness.”
Central men win three events—Led by a one-two finish in the 10,000 meters the Dutch men scored 80 points to take the lead with one day to go. Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the 10,000-meter title, finishing the race in 30 minutes, 56.68 seconds. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) placed second in the event in 31:24.15.
Central earned another event win in the 4×800-meter relay. The squad of Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque), Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS), Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) edged out Wartburg by seven one-hundredths of a second for first place (7:40.76).
Also on the track Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) qualified for the finals with the top prelim time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63) and Jackson finished fifth in the 800-meter run prelims (1:55.05).
In the field events Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) won the long jump (22 feet, 10 inches) and teammate Justin Wimbish (freshman, Glendale, Ariz., Apollo HS) took third (21-11.75). The Dutch took two of the top four spots in the high jump. Conner Freeman (senior, Urbandale) was third (6-7.5) and Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) was fourth (5-7.5).
The second half of the decathlon also took place Friday. Ryan Kruse (freshman, St. Clair, Minn.) finished fourth (5,752 points) and Reese Iversen (freshman, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) sixth (5,558).
“There were so many great performances today,” said Dunham. “It’s hard to even pick out a few because what we are doing this weekend is so much more than individual performances.”
Dutch women win two field events—On the women’s side Central had the top two finishers in the long jump and won the hammer throw. Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) took the title in the long jump (17-6.75) with Taylor Beckman (senior, Panora, Panorama HS) earning second place (17-6.75).
In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) won the event by almost three feet with a toss of 160-10.
Central also had a top three finish in the high jump, where Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) took third (5-2.5).
On the track Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted the top qualifying time in the 400-meter dash prelims (57.25). Also running a top qualifying time was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200-meter dash prelims (24.96). Davis took second in the 100-meter dash prelims (12.09) as well.
“We had a lot of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow and that is always a good sign,” said Dunham. “We have a lot of work to do tomorrow and each event will be a hard fought battle.”
The heptathlon concluded Friday with three Dutch athletes in the top six. Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Anthon-Oto HS) finished third (4,202 points), Emma Drees (sophomore, Waukee) fifth (3,949) and Kaitlyn Gillett (senior, Cedar Falls) sixth (3,589).